MXGP of Europe number 3: This weekend took eleventh Grand Prix of the 2020 Motocross World Championship at Mantova in Italy.
Tony Cairoli wins the second moto and takes 170th career podium finish. He’s 11 points from the red plate in MXGP.
Tony Cairoli: “I’m very happy of course to get a win but I didn’t feel that great this weekend. My knee has been giving me trouble. I was riding a bit stiff. We made some changes on the bike and I didn’t feel great. 5th was OK in the first moto but it’s not what we want for the championship. I gave everything in the second moto and it was a good race. We need to keep pushing for another month and look towards our goals.”
Jorge Prado: “The day started quite good but I gave myself some work when I stalled the bike; five guys passed me and I had to get them back to finally finish 3rd, which was OK. I felt good but we changed a couple of things for the second moto and on the Sighting Lap I thought ‘this is my race’ because I was feeling fit, recovered and that the bike was better. I had a perfect jump out of the gate and Tim [Gajser] passed me. I was close but his roost blinded me for a moment and I could not see an edge on the berm coming out of the chicane. I hit it with my back wheel and it sent me sideways. I banged my hip on the bar and also my head on the ground. I was last when I stood up and tried to restart. There was a problem with the front wheel because it was locking a bit on some jumps and also in some corners. The front brake was damaged as well so I could not use it. So, the rest of the race was really difficult. I did what I could, and I actually don’t know where I finished! We’ll heal-up this week and try to be ready for Spain.”
Tom Vialle is still leading the MX2 championship with 478 points.
Tom Vialle: “It was quite a good day. I felt great on the bike in the morning and the first moto went really well, except for a few mistakes on the waves section that meant Jago could catch me, but I knew I had some more speed and I was really happy to win that one. In the second moto I overtook Ben Watson quite fast and then Jago was there again. I really tried to push on the last three laps and I was pretty close at the end. Anyway, 2nd was enough today and we took more points for the championship.”
Next Race: Xanadú-Arroyomolinos for the Grand Prix of Spain next week.
Motocross World Championship 2020, Round 11 – Mantova, Italy (number 3)
2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)
9. Jorge Prado (KTM)
2. Tom Vialle (KTM)
8. Ruben Fernandez (Yamaha)
13. Isak Gifting (GasGas)
15. Michael Sandner (GasGas)
29. Joakin Furbetta (KTM)
5. Pietro Razzini (Husqvarna)
20. Xavier Cazal (KTM)
26. Daniel Gimm (Yamaha)
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